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‘Thick as Thieves’ Student Artist Reception Tonight!

Join Michigan Tech Art tonight (Dec. 2) in the Rozsa Art Galleries from 5-7 p.m. for a student artist reception for “Thick as Thieves.” This end-of-semester showcase features works of art by students in sculpture and design classes. The showcase features the artwork of students from diverse majors including mechanical engineering, applied ecology, biomedical engineering, theatre entertainment and technology, cybersecurity and physics!

Featured artists include:

Gibryn Arney | Lily Atton-Doornbos | Mykaela Cayemberg | Jack Colwell | Nikki Donley | Tara Estrada | Ferran Delgado Garcia | Faith D. Gaertner | Abby Jurewicz | Cas Mankowski | John Mazur | Riley Nelson | Seth M. Olson | Audrey Schulte | Casey Smith | Josie M. Stalmack | Madalyn R. Tudor-Duncan | Frida A. Visser

The event is coordinated by Rozsa Art Gallery Director Terry Frew and Associate Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Lisa Gordillo.

What to Expect:

Enjoy refreshments. Meet the student artists in a relaxed environment. See fantastic, student-made art.


Who: The studio talk is free and open to the public, faculty, staff and students.
When: Friday, Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Rozsa Art Galleries (located on the lower level of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts)
Can’t make it tonight? Come see the exhibit today (Dec. 2) through Tuesday (Dec. 6) in the Rozsa Art Galleries.

VPA Welcomes Terri Frew as Art Faculty

Visual and Performing Arts welcomes Terri Jo Frew as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Art.

Terri is a practicing contemporary artist and professor. Originally from Canada, she holds a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Fiber Arts from Concordia University (Montréal), and exhibits her art internationally. Always working conceptually, her favorite methods of expression include (but aren’t limited to) embroidery and drawing.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Terri Frew

Through her art, Terri is interested in contributing to the contemporary dialogue concerned with breaking down boundaries between art and craft. By utilizing materials and processes from Fiber Arts (textiles) and Illustration- media commonly considered to be from the realm of craft- in concert with conceptual content, she hopes to confront and challenge antiquated notions of art media hierarchy.

We are thrilled to welcome Terri Frew as full-time art faculty and our new gallery director. Terri is an exceptional teacher and a dedicated artist. Her drawings, paintings, and embroideries are dynamic and thought-provoking. She brings a fresh new perspective to our program.

Lisa Gordillo, VPA Associate Professor

This Week at the Rozsa

by Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

In the next week, join us for four Rozsa Presenting Series events:

  • Digital Movement of Joy Workshops
    Rozsa Presenting Series
    • Thursday, March 24 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 26 — 10 a.m. to noon
      Joy as a catalyst for personal and social change? Each Movement of Joy Workshop curates and facilitates conversations for social change through the art and research of joy developed by founder Naila Ansari. No movement, dance or art experience is needed.
      Register for this free digital workshop.
  • Sinkane
    Rozsa Presenting Series
    • Friday, March 25 — 7:30 p.m.
      Get ready to dance in your seat all night long because Sudanese-American Sinkane is bringing funky electronica mixed with Sudanese pop to the Rozsa. Check him out on Spotify.
      Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Michigan Tech students can attend for free and bring a friend with the Experience Tech Fee.
  • Vieux Farka Touré
    Rozsa Presenting Series
    • Saturday, March 26 — 7:30 p.m.
      One of the world’s greatest guitarists and most innovative musicians, Vieux Farka Touré, is on an American Tour from Mali and his next stop is the Rozsa! Check him out on Spotify and get your tickets!
      Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Michigan Tech students can attend for free and bring a friend with the Experience Tech Fee.
  • Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States
    Rozsa Presenting Series

Looking Ahead:

  • The Thanksgiving Play
    Rozsa Presenting Series
    • Multiple dates — Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Thursday, March 31 | Friday, April 1 | Saturday, April 2
      Thursday, April 7 | Friday, April 8 | Saturday, April 9
      Miss your turkey dinner leftovers? Get ready for a dinner theatre performance of Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny “The Thanksgiving Play,” performed by Wolf’s Head Theatre. Vegan and gluten-free dinner options available.
      Tickets are reserved seating by table and must be purchased in advance. Each table will be set for four and you can purchase a full ($120) or half table ($60). Students may purchase a half-table in advance for $20 with the Experience Tech Fee. Please place a single order to reserve seats for all individuals who would like to be seated together. Half tables may be seated alone or with another half table, as space allows.

Masks are strongly recommended for all in-person events at the Rozsa. Please visit the Rozsa COVID-19 Policies for the most up-to-date information.

Tickets to in-person events are available by phone at 906-487-1906 and online. The Rozsa Box Office is open for ticket purchases one hour before performances. 

Michigan Tech Concert Choir Community Auditions

Singers in a choir during a performanceThe Michigan Tech Concert Choir will be holding auditions for community singers interested in participating in the choir this year. Formed in 1980, the Concert Choir performs regularly on and off-campus, including two regular concerts each semester, international tours every four years, and collaborations with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the Superior Wind Symphony. In Fall 2019 the Concert Choir will be performing Mozart’s Requiem on December 14. An audition signup is available online.

The audition will consist of vocal exercises to determine comfortable voice range and musical ability. Singers should prepare a short solo (any style) that highlights their voice. For more information please contact Jared Anderson.

Artist Lisa Gordillo Receives ND Human Rights Festival Award

Assistant Professor Lisa Gordillo, Visual and Performing Arts, received an award for “Best Three-Dimensional Work” for her work of art, “Las Cordinadas/The Coordinates,” as part of the 2019 North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival. The work of art, which was first developed on Michigan Tech’s campus as part of Gordillo’s 2017 Rozsa Gallery exhibit, ChickenBus, traveled through North Dakota during the human rights festival this spring.
Gordillo’s sculpture commemorates 26 of the 440 Mayan villages that were destroyed during Guatemala’s 30-year genocide, which was partially funded by the United States. Gordillo worked with her collaborator and partner Hugo Gordillo to develop the piece, which is composed of plaster casts of human hands, and a wall text that lists the villages destroyed and the actions taken to destroy them. The piece will be on display through March in Grand Forks, ND at the High Plains Fair Housing Center.

An Interview with Sound Design Alum Steven Green

Steve Green (BA Sound Design 2014) initially started at Michigan Tech as a geology major. After two years, he realized it wasn’t his passion, so he transferred into the sound design department at Tech. “Tech has a very thorough sound design department that allowed me to learn what I needed to graduate, as well as learn my own skill set that went toward my career path. I think some of my most memorable experiences were with my professors, Dr. Jared Anderson, Josh Loar, and Chris Plummer.”

Green has helped with projects ranging from virtual reality titles to exploratory games, and has launched approximately six games. Green’s game ‘ABZÛ’ was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award and other awards. The game ‘What Remains Of Edith Finch’ is currently nominated for a few awards as well.

Green was interviewed last February by Los Angeles sound designed Colin Andrew Grant: Growth and Guidance: An Interview with Steven Green